Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 9

OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE ZIKA CASE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

Gov. Rick Scott said in a news release Monday that the Florida Department of Health is working to determine the source of the infection. The infected person had recently traveled to Miami-Dade County, where more than a dozen non-travel-related Zika cases were discovered last week. The release says health officials still believe active transmissions of the mosquito-borne virus are only taking place within an area smaller than 1 square mile in Miami-Dade County.

COMICS DEALER SAYS $85,000 IN BOOKS STOLEN AT CONVENTION

Tampa police say Rick Whitelock of Panama City said he brought several boxes of books to the Tampa Bay Comic Con on Thursday and left them in the locked convention center overnight. When he began preparing his booth Friday, one box was missing.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS: STOP PAINTING SHELLS OF FLORIDA TURTLES

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently posted pictures on social media of two threatened gopher tortoises with painted shells. Officials say it’s illegal and also harmful to the animals.

WOMAN GETS 30 YEARS FOR MURDER, BURNING OTHER WOMAN

Kiesha Pugh was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder and arson. Armed with a hammer, pipe and crowbar, prosecutors say Pugh, Gregory Williams and Anthony Pressley went to 33-year-old Melinda McCormick’s home to rob her in March 2013. They wrestled the victim to the ground, beat her to death and set her home ablaze to destroy evidence.

MAN ACCUSED OF FAKING DISAPPEARANCE TO PAY $1 MILLION

Richard Ohrn pleaded guilty on Monday to communicating a false distress message. Paying restitution is part of a plea agreement. He could still be sentenced to up to six years in prison but will likely receive probation. Authorities say Ohrn set a blood-stained boat adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in March 2015. A report says he then used an inflatable boat to travel back ashore and flee to Georgia.

 

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